Other Herons

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The green heron (butorides virescens) is a denizen of low lying wetlands such as wooded ponds, marshes, rivers, swamps, reservoirs and estuaries. They can be found in the eastern United States, the west coast of the United States, Mexico, Central America, down into northern South America and the Caribbean. The best time to see them is at dusk or dawn.

The American Bittern (botaurus lentiginosus), breeds in Canada and the northern United States in the summer, and winters along the coasts of the United States, Mexico, and down into Central America.

Bare-throated tiger herons (tigrisoma mexicanum) can be found along coastal rivers and lake banks, in tropical swamps and mangroves, both freshwater, and brackish water, from Mexico down through Central America to northwestern Columbia in South America.

Camouflaged Bittern

This American bittern was spotted on the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive in Orange County, Florida.

The American Bittern (botaurus lentiginosus), breeds in Canada and the northern United States in the summer, and winters along the coasts of the United States, Mexico, and down into Central America.

Look for them mainly in freshwater marshes with tall less dense vegetation. They like wetlands of many types and sizes including saltwater occasionally.

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Classic American Bittern

This American bittern was spotted on the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive in Orange County, Florida.

The American Bittern (botaurus lentiginosus), breeds in Canada and the northern United States in the summer, and winters along the coasts of the United States, Mexico, and down into Central America.

Look for them mainly in freshwater marshes with tall less dense vegetation. They like wetlands of many types and sizes including saltwater occasionally.

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Lake Apopka Bittern

This American bittern was spotted on the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive in Orange County, Florida.

The American Bittern (botaurus lentiginosus), breeds in Canada and the northern United States in the summer, and winters along the coasts of the United States, Mexico, and down into Central America.

Look for them mainly in freshwater marshes with tall less dense vegetation. They like wetlands of many types and sizes including saltwater occasionally.

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Ready For Prey

A green heron waits for prey in Tampa, Florida's Lettuce Lake Park.

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Matching Background

A green heron matches its background on the Lake Apopka North Shore Wildlife Drive in Orange County, Florida.

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Stalking Green Heron

A green heron stalks prey along the edge of the Hillsborough River in Tampa, Florida's Lettuce Lake Park.

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American Bittern

This American bittern was spotted on the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive in Orange County, Florida.

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Early Watch

A beautiful juvenile yellow-crowned night heron keeps a watchful eye from a branch in Tampa, Florida's Lettuce Lake Park.

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Nyctanassa Violacea

A yellow-crowned night heron walks along the branch of a tree in Tampa, Florida's Lettuce Lake Park.

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Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron

A juvenile yellow-crowned night heron rests in a tree in Tampa, Florida's Lettuce Lake Park.

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Oxbow Overlook

This green heron was on a log overlooking the oxbow in Tampa, Florida's Lettuce Lake Park.

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Green Heron

A green heron walks along a branch just above the Hillsborough River in Tampa, Florida's John Sargent Park.

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